THE ART OF EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY: MAKING THE FAMILIAR STRANGE
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, September 21-November 2, 1:30-5:30, JHU-MICA Film Centre (map)
In this photography workshop, student fellows will learn to view the world, themselves, and each other in imaginative and unconventional ways. The idea of defamiliarization, that is taking the familiar and rendering it as strange, has been argued to be the central point of art. Through techniques such as slow shutter speeds, multiple exposure, and the use of plastic and macro lenses, fellows will have an opportunity to push their perception and challenge the viewer with new interpretations of their environment. The workshop will review the basic fundamentals of photography before moving into new techniques and how to apply them. Participants will be encouraged to think closely about what they are making photos of and how they can present a deeper or alternative meaning with their images. Each fellow will create a portfolio and write an artist's statement reflecting on their work. Photographs with statements will be shared at a public exhibition in a West Baltimore gallery space and be collected in a photo book. They'll also be shared at a program exhibition and on the program website. Limited to 10 student fellows.
André Chung is an award-winning photojournalist and portrait photographer. He has created images for a wide range of publications, and was one of a select group of photojournalists chosen in 2009 and 2013 to work on Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book. His photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African American History and Culture.